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Kenya, Uganda protest as maize prices skyrocket


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya and Uganda are seeing protests over rising food and fuel costs.

Food prices are rising across the globe, driven by the higher transport costs that accompany rising oil prices. The World Bank said last week that food prices are 36 percent higher today than a year ago and are pushing people "deeper into poverty."

But no one region has been hit as hard as Africa over the last three months. Wheat costs 87 percent more in Sudan. Maize has risen at least 25 percent in Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique and Kenya.

About 100 protesters blocked traffic near parliament in downtown Nairobi on Tuesday. Hoping to quell protest, the government on Monday cut taxes on kerosene and diesel, but protesters said the cuts were too small.

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